What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Rabbids Go Home, Wii
I didn't expect much from this latest Wii exclusive to star the cute, but mentally deranged Rabbids. How wrong I was. The simple collecting "stuff" gameplay that sees you riding around inside a shopping trolley is far more fun than I imagined it would be. It's a brilliantly presented game, too, with only the tediously repeated loading screen video to complain about. Most developers don't put the effort into Wii games, but Ubisoft Montpelier is clearly different. The entire premise a bit too simple for Rabbids Go Home to ever be regarded as a classic, but it's easily one of the best Wii games of 2009 and should be top of your wanted list if you're a Wii owner.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - The Ballad of Gay Tony, Xbox 360
Prior to 2009, I don't recall ever playing a game that featured a shotgun with exploding ammo. Suddenly we've got three of them: Borderlands, Left 4 Dead 2 and The Ballad of Gay Tony. The GTA version is so powerful that initially seems totally out of place: one hit is enough to totally decimate anyone on foot, and two or three blasts will take down a police chopper. Before long, you realise that a weapon this crazy makes perfect sense within TBoGT - an expansion that seems to have been tailor made for all those people who found vanilla GTA IV too sombre and boring. Personally, I ended up missing the bleaker overtones from the adventures of Niko and Johnny Klebitz, but I certainly loved the madcap missions on offer. It'll be interesting to see how much of this craziness carries over to the next GTA game, wherever it ends up being.
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
Picking up from last week, the Juicy Danglers are still sitting pretty at the top of the league with 37 points from 16 games. The team's rise to power has also seen a dramatic increase in demand for seats at the VideoGamer.com Lane stadium, where the capacity is currently being expanded to 41,000. It's expensive business, but the long-term gain for the club is clear to see: higher income means more funds available to bring in the best players, helping to ensure the club's meteoric rise isn't just a flash in the pan.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Uncharted 2, PS3
As it currently stands, this is my game of the year. Chris picked up the UC2 + PS3 slim bundle last week, and it already feels like he got his money's worth. It's a third-person cover-based shooter, but it's an adventure platformer as well, and a puzzle game too. Then there's the characters, the emotional rollercoaster of romantic subtext and the excellent balance of gameplay and cutscenes. I was amazed by how much I learned from that game as well. For example: if you go to Borneo or the Himalayas you should be prepared to kick down a lot of retractable ladders.